The Social Innovation Relay (SIR) is a global competition organized in collaboration with NN Group that challenges secondary school students to develop an innovative business concept that addresses a social need. SIR provides young people with the hands-on skills and entrepreneurial expertise needed to start a successful career through a combination of virtual and face-to-face mentoring by experienced executives.

The participating teams are paired with e-mentors who are all business volunteers and who connect with the best 20 teams in each participating country, to help them develop concept papers that can translate into feasible business ideas.

Social innovations are solutions that address social needs. Social needs can be found in any of the following sectors:


The interactive web based learning programme is designed to encourage students to think like Social Innovators whilst developing a host of skills that will help them be innovative, entrepreneurial and socially responsible employees and business people in the future.

Download the SIR Fact Sheet
Social Innovation Relay Factsheet 15-16

The Social Innovation Relay is the short version of a pan-european programme in social entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise 360, funded by Erasmus+.



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